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We will be in Portsmouth, RI for a concert next Friday and are seeking a place for a meal before the show. Content of plate outweighs ambience. Thanks.

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  1. Wow - this is sad (post from 2001, no replies). This was the same question I had. I am new to this area (well, a year now) and am not so thrilled with the eating out options so far. Found a decent Thai place in Middletown, kind of grooving on Portuguese food (tho the salt is killer) and Robertos in Bristol keeps getting reccomended - been there twice and found it quite ho hum.

    Where can I go for a great piece of fish, or a steak, fresh veggies, and good bread on the table for not too much $$. Any other suggestions welcome too.

    p.s. I though Newport would be my salvation but I took my mother to a place that, horror of horrors, served her fish with canned peaches instead of mango/papya salsa (she's from Berkeley, CA - so she's spoiled) very embarrasing.

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    1. re: Quathiaski

      Have you been to Quito's in Bristol for a fish dinner? I had a fine piece of fish there last summer.

    2. Have you tried Sakonnet Fish Company on Park Avenue in Portsmouth?

      1. A dear friend of mine swears by Quito (in Bristol). Never tried it personally.

        1. Not a sit-down restaurant, but the Bristol Bakery in Bristol (corner of Wood and Mt. Hope) has fantastic calzones and really good bread.

          1. I don't know from Portsmouth, but if Bristol's an option, then you need to check out Persimmon. Unlike Quitos, or the Bakery, it's a serious sit down restaurant. Higher end, but absolutely well worth it. Local produce & seafood, artisanal cheeses and clever, tasty preparations.

            DeWolfe Tavern too, on the waterfront, is supposed to be interesting, although I've heard mixed reviews. If you go there, please report back on this board.

            1. DeWolfe is very good! Have been a few times. There are a few things to stay away from (Salmon, and anything bbq flavoured). The duck confit is excellent, as is the brussels sprouts and corn bread hash.

              1. Stopped by Quitos a few weeks ago - the fish market was open, but the restaurant is closed for the season.

                So my father and I split a nice order of two stuffed peppers for $6.95, and a bowl of homemade soup at the old Hope Diner across the street. Served in those heavy diner-type plates. Did I hear not to much $$...plate outweighs ambience?

                1. DeWolfe Tavern is great, but it tends to have Indian roots/fusion to some of the spicing, so if you're of the mild persuasion, just ask the server to advise.

                  Persimmons is one of the best restaurants I've been to in New England. Chef was at Gracie's when it was on Atwells (and a hit).

                  Service and food are great, food presenation great....place is small though so be mindful of timing.

                  I hear Roberto's on the main drag in town is very good for italian....also a small place.

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                  1. re: ChowPlow

                    Sakonnet fish co is closed, and please it was nothing to recommend.

                    1. re: icouldeattoo

                      we got a gift certif to the new place in the old sakkonet fish co. [cant remember name],and it was horrible,what a waste of time and money.i feel bad for the person that bought the GC for us.its such an awesome location too,well the restaurant is,the area around theres pretty run down,but what a view.island park is weird!!!!

                      1. re: im hungry

                        Sakonnet Fish Co. is now D'Amore Bistro, a nice little Italian place that's been doing decent business. We had some decent chicken parm and a clam/chourico pizza that was very tasty. It's literally across the street from our new place on the water.

                          1. re: im hungry

                            I predict that in 5 years you won't recognize the place. I'd rather see a few bikers around on a weekend than hoards of fratboys who got lost on their way to Newport. More quality restaurants will be coming, and if the area is funky enough to scare away the chains, I'll be OK with that, too. But yeah, parts of Island Park have seen better days.